If you are familiar with Bluetooth headsets at all, you’ve probably heard of Jabra. Jabra headsets, well known for their comfortable fit and exceptional flexibility are a popular choice for the tech-savvy hands-free cell phone user. What you may not have heard is that the European headset company GN Netcom, managed by GN Store Nord of Denmark produces Jabra. GN Store Nord also owns GN ReSound, one of the most successful hearing aid manufacturers in the U.S. and Europe. Some of the success GN ReSound has seen in recent years has been from its innovative technology.
One of the more notable innovations GN ReSound brought to the hearing industry came to market in 2003 with the release of the first ever open-fit hearing aid. The Air quickly became the instrument of choice as it provided hearing aid wearers with a cosmetically appealing instrument that didn’t block the ear canal, instantly improving wearer satisfaction. In 2008, another innovation called “be by ReSound” introduced the concept of “remote microphone” placement. In this model, the microphone is separated from the custom-made body of the hearing aid by a tube that wraps around the bowl of the ear and tucks up into what is known as the helix lock, effectively blocking wind noise interference. In 2010, ReSound introduced the Alera, a premium digital hearing aid that set new standards for wireless connectivity with external audio devices such as cell phones and televisions. The Alera incorporates GN ReSound’s trademark sound processing technology called Surround Sound. It works just like a surround sound system, splitting sound streams into bass (low frequencies) and treble (high frequencies) while distinguishing differences in directionality in order to locate where sounds are coming from more successfully. Surround Sound provides the listener with distortion-free sound quality and optimized speech clarity.
While the constant pushing of the envelope to develop innovative technology has led to improvements in sound quality and speech understanding in hearing aids, GN ReSound offers increased freedom, smaller sized instruments and ease of use to its customers. It is no wonder that GN Store Nord, through its daughter company GN ReSound, is one of the most successful hearing aid manufacturer’s in the U.S. and Europe.
People are continually amazed at what hearing aids can do these days. They are no longer “your father’s hearing aid.” You know – the large shrimp-like casing that squeals all the time and has to be fussed with in order to get the sound just right. Manufacturers of hearing aids have made huge strides in the last few years, improving the technology of sound enhancement, noise reduction and feedback (whistling) suppression. This constant pushing of the envelope to develop innovative technology has led to improvements in the perceived sound quality and speech understanding in hearing aids, especially in the most difficult listening situations which generally include background noise. One company in particular, called ReSound offers increased freedom, smaller sized instruments and ease of use to its customers. It is no wonder that ReSound is one of the most successful hearing aid manufacturers in the U.S. and Europe.
In 2010, ReSound introduced the Alera, a premium digital hearing aid that set new standards for wireless connectivity with external audio devices such as cell phones and televisions. With Alera, ReSound has melded the science of hearing clearly with the science of hands-free technology, allowing greater freedom to its wearers. In November of 2011, ReSound announced the release of a new wireless accessory that can be used with the Alera hearing aids in order to improve hearing in noise, which is one of the more difficult situations that those with hearing loss encounter.
The ReSound Unite™ Mini Microphone is a small hands-free device that transmits speech directly to the Alera hearing aids. It is a discreet clip-on microphone that can be used by loved ones, friends or coworkers in any listening situation. Or, the Mini Microphone can be placed on the dash of the car, clipped to the visor or set in front of someone at a restaurant. To hear more clearly in a meeting, simply place the Mini Microphone on the podium or near the person you would like to hear the most. You can be up to 20 feet away from the speaker and still hear them clearly!
ReSound Unite Mini Microphone also functions as a personal, portable audio streamer to help you listen to your iPod, laptop or any other sound source that has an audio jack. The Mini Microphone can even be used to improve the clarity of a TV program by simply placing it front of the speakers of the TV to stream directly to the ears through the hearing aids.
The Mini Microphone is the ultimate portable voice and sound streamer. And it’s inexpensive. Similar systems on the market are either not truly “hands free” or are upward of $800 or more. The Mini Microphone requires no outside attachment to the hearing aid and sells for around $350. What a great way to improve your ability to hear in noise or at a distance! With ReSound’s Alera hearing aid and Unite Mini Microphone, you can regain some of the freedom you may have lost by having untreated hearing loss or by wearing older technology that simply increases sound. If you are interested in taking the Alera and Mini Microphone for a “test drive,” call our office today. We’d love to give you a demonstration of how fantastic this new system can be for you.